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La Scaletta

#663 of 6,576 Restaurants in Milan
Certificate of Excellence
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Piazzale Stazione Porta Genova 3 | Davanti Alla Scaletta Che Collega Via Tortona, 20144 Milan, Italy
+39 347 864 0299
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
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Mon - Sat 19:30 - 00:00
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Showing 19: English reviews
Oxford, United Kingdom
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573 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Unassuming location, just opposite the ugly railway station of Porta Genova, but close enough to the Navigli area, is this traditional Milanese restaurant, with new management. The new staff are young, kind, professional; the ambience is elegant but informal, and extremely pleasant. The food was delicious (we had a choice of fish, meat and risotto dishes); the choice of wine... More 

Thank Lucio F
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

After wondering along the canal, we didn't find anything that looked good and then my partner saw this Restaurant kind of hidden from view accross from the tram track. We opened the metal gate to food heaven. If you are in Milan, try not to miss this culinary delight.

Thank lacourte1
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217 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Dinner there was planned after a long business meeting and, while the area doesn't inspire and we were wondering where we were actually being taken, what a pleasant surprise it was to step into this classy little Italian restaurant! The not so extensive menu (probably changes regularly) offers classical dishes with a twist, which are delicious and beautifully presented. Service... More 

Thank 1001night
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The service is young and well mannered, the manager and the weighter were so gentle and smily. The food was good also, mixing tradizional and genuine ingredients in an unusual and modern mix. Promoted!

Thank Antonella L
Milan, Italy
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59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

the quality of food is very high, I recommend the parmigiana melanzane as a starter I have to say that the scent in the restaurant was a little strong but apart from that everything was fine.

Thank Carl_B94
Helsinki, Finland
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Service and interior was ok, but quality varied, some portions were great, some flops. Prices too high compared to quality.

Thank Kiraffi2
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015

We didn't have a reservation, but thought we'd take a chance on a gorgeous Saturday evening in May when the restaurants and cafes along the canal were packed. This restaurant is beyond "tucked away". There is a locked gate with a buzzer. The owner came by just as we were debating about pressing the buzzer and said he could seat... More 

1 Thank 514eileen
San Francisco
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

We were late arriving in Milan. No reservation in hand and a Monday night. Tried to get into one recommended restaurant, but it was booked. A person outside that restaurant when we asked desperately where we might find another good restaurant at this late hour said to try La Scaletta down the street. How fortunate we were! We found a... More 

2 Thank JackSanFrancisco
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2014

I Went there yesterday for dinner we were a big table of 15 people and they had arrange for us a set menu price with choices either fish or meat I had choosen the fish menu as i don't eat meat the starter was octopus in crust and was really good for the main course i had sordfish with potatoes... More 

2 Thank mykitchenshots
Milano, Italia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We walked by the La Scaletta, situated directly in Piazza Porta Genova, without even noticing it. The restaurant is hard to find, being raised half a floor above street level. I had to jump up to see through the windows. I spotted fancy bottles of wine and and was suitably impressed. To enter the restaurant, there is a door at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$39 - US$45
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:30 - 00:00
19:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazzale Stazione Porta Genova 3 | Davanti Alla Scaletta Che Collega Via Tortona, 20144 Milan, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Milan>  > Navigli
  • Neighbourhood: Navigli
  • Phone Number: +39 347 864 0299
La Scaletta is a restaurant with a long history and tradition. It has become famous thanks to the first woman chef Pina Bellini, who opened it in Milan, in front of the Porta Genova station in 1977. In 1983 it won two Michelin stars, then Pina Bellini left the restaurant in the early 90s. Since 2008, La Scaletta has gone back to the original name and charm, becoming one of the liveliest restaurants in the heart of Navigli. Big changes related to new owner welcome today's guests in a completely renovated environment that makes you feel at home. In summer, the beautiful garden is a surprise and is also the place to spend a unique evening, right in the heart of Milan. The cooking of La Scaletta glances at tradition, by revisiting and valuing it through a careful picking up of basic ingredients.

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Staying in Navigli

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The Navigli is part of historic Milan. In the ancient days, the entire city was linked with canals, similar to Venice. Today, most of the canals are gone, but the Navigli remains a canal-based neighborhood. There are two major canals: Naviglio Pavese and Naviglio Grande. The Naviglio Grande's bridges greet visitors at dusk with an amazing view. The Navigli district specializes in clubs, cafes, and vintage shops. Lifestyle reigns supreme here. You can start the walk from the Colonne di San Lorenzo, an antique colonnade in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo. During the daytime, this place acts as a meeting point for artists and students reading books or chatting with friends; the nights turn it into a stepping-stone for club hoppers. Science lovers will also relish the opportunity to visit the Science and Technology National Museum Leonardo Da Vinci, showcasing inventions of the Italian genius.
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